Dietary Aide


Dietary aides assist dietitians to maintain high standards of nutritional care for patients in hospital settings.

Duties & Tasks

Dietary aides may perform the following tasks:

  • discuss the dietary needs of patients with healthcare professionals
  • interview patients to discuss food preferences
  • assist with the planning of menus for patients
  • ensure food is hygienically and correctly prepared and well presented
  • maintain diet records
  • assist with the implementation of a nutrition care plan in consultation with dietitians
  • assist with training staff to prepare and serve meals for patients with particular diets
  • use computers for data entry and retrieval.

Working Conditions

Dietary aides may be required to undertake rostered weekend work and shiftwork.

Personal Requirements

  • good communication skills
  • enjoy working with people
  • good organisational skills.

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